The Dead Ladies Project

  • Type: Audiobooks
  • By: Jessa Crispin
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780226278452
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A literary taste-maker follows the footsteps of giants through Europe

Full disclosure: I adore Jessa Crispin. Her literary magazines Bookslut and Spolia have guided my reading tastes for the better part of a decade. She’s a bright, acerbic young thing with a soft spot for expatriate writers and artists from the early 20th century, and in this, her first book, she follows doggedly on their heels through Europe, sublimating her own mental breakdown and relationships failures in the stories of giants. Her “dead ladies” include William James (Berlin), Rebecca West (Sarajevo), Nora Barnacle (Trieste) and Claude Cahun (Jersey Island), among others. Crispin follows them to the places they themselves went to escape whatever was haunting them back home, and in each chapter tells us a bit about the work the “lady” completed, or avoided, while abroad. The real story, in each, is what facet of each subject’s life is reflected in Crispin’s current crisis.  It’s a short, clever travelogue that will leave you with a to-read list twice as long as the one you started with.